John the Baptist Prepares the Way1In the fifteenth year of the reign of aTiberius Caesar, bPontius Pilate cbeing governor of Judea, and dHerod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, 2during ethe high priesthood of Annas and fCaiaphas, gthe word of God came to hJohn the son of Zechariah in ithe wilderness. 3And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming ja baptism of repentance kfor the forgiveness of sins. 4As it is written in lthe book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
m“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
n‘Prepare the way of the Lord ▼
▼Or crying, Prepare in the wilderness the way of the Lord
make his paths straight.
5 pEvery valley shall be filled,
qand every mountain and hill shall be made low,
rand the crooked shall become straight,
and the rough places shall become level ways,
6 sand all flesh shall see tthe salvation of God.’”
7He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, u“You brood of vvipers! Who warned you to flee from wthe wrath to come? 8Bear fruits xin keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, y‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from zthese stones to raise up children for Abraham. 9Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. aaEvery tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
10And the crowds asked him, ab“What then shall we do?” 11And he answered them, ac“Whoever has two tunics ▼
▼Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skinis to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” 12 aeTax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, afwhat shall we do?” 13And he said to them, ag“Collect no more than you are authorized to do.” 14Soldiers also asked him, “And we, ahwhat shall we do?” And he said to them, ai“Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your ajwages.”
15As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, akwhether he might be althe Christ, 16 amJohn answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but anhe who is mightier than I is coming, aothe strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you apwith the Holy Spirit and aqfire. 17His arwinnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to asgather the wheat into his barn, atbut the chaff he will burn with auunquenchable fire.”
18So avwith many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. 19But awHerod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother’s wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, 20added this to them all, that axhe locked up John in prison.
21Now when all the people were baptized, and when ayJesus also had been baptized and was praying, azthe heavens were opened, 22and bathe Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and bba voice came from heaven, bc“You are my beloved Son; ▼
▼Or my Son, my (or the) Belovedwith you I am well pleased.” ▼
▼Some manuscripts beloved Son; today I have begotten you
The Genealogy of Jesus Christ23Jesus, bfwhen he began his ministry, was about bgthirty years of age, being bhthe son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli, 24the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, 25the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, 26the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, 27the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, bithe son of Zerubbabel, the son bjof Shealtiel, ▼
▼Greek Salathielthe son of Neri, 28the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, 29the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, 31the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of blNathan, the son of David, 32 bmthe son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Sala, the son of Nahshon, 33the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, 34 bnthe son of Jacob, bothe son of Isaac, bpthe son of Abraham, bqthe son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 35the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, 36the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, 38the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.
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